Teaching to Tests: Moral Questions?

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Teaching to Tests: Moral Questions?
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Sun, 01-31-2010 - 4:01pm

Folks, lately, I have had some moral questions about teaching.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 02-02-2010 - 10:27pm

Subversive is what I call flying under the radar and playing the game.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Tue, 02-02-2010 - 4:24am

I emailed Alfie Kohn about this situation.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 02-01-2010 - 7:15pm

Ah, rmember my advice about how to get through student teaching? The same goes for teaching the test. You can cover the standards your way without just teaching the test. If you're a good instructional designer you can develop engaging activities that foxus on more than a skill on the test. Research shows that kids

Sherry

 

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Registered: 12-28-2007
Mon, 02-01-2010 - 6:53pm
Hello Beth
Teaching to the Regents exam is a little different than teaching to the NCLB type of tests. The NYS Regents exams are criterion based upon the NYS curriculum for that course. The exams are made by teachers in the state who are teaching that course. They are not made by a national testing house. Furthermore, the NYS Regents exams have been around since before NCLB was conceived, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regents_Examinations the exams have been around since 1878. Generations of students have taken them without being harmed.
Your premise is flawed.
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Sun, 01-31-2010 - 8:05pm

OMG! I so know what you mean. I live and work in CT and we teach to the test here too and also have to test kids up the wazoo with constant little tests called CFAs and use them to form instruction. It's awful! I also had a disagreement with my principal last week about a philosophical difference in education. I think that was the wrong thing to do because all of a sudden my job status is up in the air.
I am really down on k-12 education after working in my district. I don't know what advice to give you other than, is it more important to you to be true to your principals, or have a job, if those are the only two options.

BTW I grew up in NYS and taught there for 5 yrs. They've been teaching to the Regent's since I was in HS 30yrs ago.